It’s pretty hard to believe we’re already done with the second Wednesday of our two week journey here at the ICS. When I look back at the last week and a half, I’m amazed at all God has done both in and through us. He has challenged us; freed us from the lies – conscious or otherwise – that have captivated our hearts and limited our effectiveness as messengers of Christ’s love; asked us to love Him wholly; and equipped us with the tools and weapons necessary to fight for Christ in His glorious service. Our learning and growth here has been a reflection of this progression as this week we have been looking at how our inner transformations can now translate into the world and the ministry of The Salvation Army.
Today we were challenged by the call to Social Holiness. How does our ongoing pilgrimage for holiness affect our relationships and our call to 'rescue the perishing [and] care for the dying'? Major Hannelise Tvedt reminded us of the marginalized and excluded in our communities, and the great need that surrounds us in every area of the world. Each of us reflected on our own part to play; what should Christ look like in our communities? Have we been intentional about outreach and bringing hope and love to the lost? It’s obvious that all of us have been mulling these thoughts over all day as we grapple with what Social Holiness looks like in each of our lives. As Major Hannelise mentioned, “tears are not enough”.
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to visit the UK Territorial Headquarters and Trade – a chance for delegates to restock on Army supplies, uniforms, and resources. Aside from being convinced that I will never voluntarily drive on the streets of London, the outing was a success as Trade was ready and waiting for us to descend upon the store. We are certainly thankful to them for their welcome and availability!
Finally, we had the honour of welcoming Lieut-Cols Kathy and Eddie Hobgood to ICS for our evening programme. As we focused on the use and presentation of arts in the army community, we were able to see firsthand the infusion of passion and ministry – and without even leaving The Cedars! With an inspiring message of courage and unwavering commitment to the gospel, Lieut-Col Eddie presented a one-man-show on the life of Joe the Turk. Truly an invigorating experience! May we all be brave enough to trust in the Lord God and follow His call to action wherever we may be! God grant us strength and courage.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:6,7)
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